As I write this it is Autumn. The evenings are cooler and darker now and it is the time of year that i get to read most, i say get, rather than choose because I tend to have more free time in the autumn and winter to read than i do in the warmer months of spring and summer. Though i do read all year round i would consider myself a slightly seasonal reader in that i find I'm able to read a lot more books in the autumn and winter months.
During the spring and summer i tend to spend more time in the garden growing fruits, vegetables and salads. The books i read mostly in these months are either gardening related, non fiction in a current area of interest (this year i was really into learning about mythology) as i can pick them up and read bits and pieces as and when or fictional books that I have planned to write up reviews on so i make time during my work hours for them (i work as a bookseller in my own bookshop so i can allow myself to do this).
The only issue i have reading during the autumn and winter is lighting. Having no natural light to read in really does strain my eyes. I've tried reading with the main room light on and i find that can be too harsh, on occasion giving me a headache. I've tried reading by candle light which isn't enough and again with sometimes result in a headache or making me sleepy. Now I'm looking into getting a dedicated lamp or small tableside light to use for reading. The battery operated candles you see in the photos are not good for using as light to read by but they do look beautiful on my bookshelves in the corner of the room.
I was recently told about these neck reading lights, they appear to sit around your neck with little torch type lights that shine on the book, they look interesting but I'm not too sure if they would be powerful enough to light up the book. I'd love to hear feedback from anyone who has experience using them, if you've got one would you recommend it?
Those who read more in the summer and spring are unlikely to have to think about lighting, the longer hours of natural light are a real benefit. The warmer weather is lovely too and those that have the opportunity could enjoy reading outside through the day or even warm evenings.
I'd be interested to hear what months you read most in, let me know in the comments.